Duluth Man Avoids Prison Sentence Because of Cooperation

Nicholas Lamerand was sentenced on Friday in Duluth. Nicholas Lamerand was sentenced on Friday in Duluth. | 

Created: March 16, 2018 11:15 PM

A Duluth man avoided a prison sentence on Friday, after attorneys and the judge agreed that his cooperation made a difference in a shooting case.

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Nicholas Lamerand, 22, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition late last year. He and his attorneys had hoped to avoid the mandatory minimum prison sentence.

Judge Dale Harris agreed to that, after listening to arguments from both Lamerand's attorney and the prosecutor.

According to Lamerand's attorney, Lamerand offered information about the shooting case, without being promised a deal. The shooting took place on I-35 in the Can of Worms area. And Lamerand told police that his brother, Joe, pulled the trigger.

Lamerand's home was searched during the investigation, and authorities found ammunition in his bedroom. However, it was not the same ammunition used in the shooting.

Harris stayed the 60-month prison sentence, and instead sentenced Lamerand to 4 years of probation, which includes 1 year at NERCC or the St. Louis County jail.

Joe Lamerand is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

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